EVENEMENT PUBLIC : Making Sustainable Food Policies a Reality [FRA]

Les citoyens européens peuvent choisir ce qu’ils mettent dans leur panier de courses, mais ils n’ont pas voix au chapitre quant au système alimentaire qui dicte ce qui leur sera fourni. Il n’existe pas, en effet, actuellement, de Politique Alimentaire Européenne. Ce que nous mangeons est déterminé par des politiques agricoles, commerciales et environnementales totalement détachées l’une de l’autre, qui influent sur différents niveaux (européen, … Continue reading EVENEMENT PUBLIC : Making Sustainable Food Policies a Reality [FRA]

Making Sustainable Food Policies a Reality – First IPES-Food Local Lab

European citizens may have the choice of which food items to place in their carts, but not the system that produces the food.  At present, there is no European food policy.  What we eat is influenced by an incoherent set of agricultural, trade and environmental policies that act on three different levels (European, national and local) with low levels of participation by citizens and stakeholders. … Continue reading Making Sustainable Food Policies a Reality – First IPES-Food Local Lab

Can Gastronomy Meet Sustainability? Shaping a new vision of public food services

By Valentina De Gregorio, IUC Food, Law and Finance Student Since 2010, La Bergerie de Villarceaux (70 km from Paris) has been hosting the Eating City Summer Campus, an experience which brings together young researchers, senior professionals, opinion and community leaders from the civil and private sector to open the debate around the most pressing issues related to the urban food systems. This year, the … Continue reading Can Gastronomy Meet Sustainability? Shaping a new vision of public food services

Right to food in Italy: from politics to policies

Roberto Sensi, Food Law Finance Student Several food initiatives were carried out during the EXPO2015 semester. Among them, the most interesting concerned ones the construction of the so-called “cultural legacy” of EXPO 2015. The first is the Milan Chart, a not binding document signed by business, civil society and citizens who  “declare their personal responsibility and firmly ask governments and institutions to undertake measures in order … Continue reading Right to food in Italy: from politics to policies

Are IP rights contributing to a sustainable and more productive agriculture?

Giulia Caddeo, FLF Student Introduction Ip rights on seeds are nowadays one of the biggest issues in the food sector. If on the one hand, IP rights could be a reasonable way to protect inventions and, in that way, to incentive creativity and innovation, on the other hand very much depends on  the object protected by this kind of legal protection. This issue could be … Continue reading Are IP rights contributing to a sustainable and more productive agriculture?

CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE HUNGER GAMES (3/6)

Daniela Ueda Martins, FLF Student. This entry is the second of a series of posts reflecting on the political role of food in the fictional book series Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. The discussion is an idea of Dr Jose Luis Vivero Pol. Hunger as a means of controlling people is the strongest message on the book “Hunger Games”. In the Capitol, food is plentiful, … Continue reading CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE HUNGER GAMES (3/6)

Food : whose responsibility? The individual and society

Carol Choi, Food law and finance student.     Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz (Utah) caused quite the frenzy on social media this past week.  His comments insinuating that some Americans should choose health insurance over buying the new iPhone rightfully incensed people all over Twitter and Facebook.  This is not the first time I’ve heard iPhones used as bait to pin personal irresponsibility, especially in … Continue reading Food : whose responsibility? The individual and society

The Hunger Games: a not-so-remote “reality” (2/6)

Lidia Mahillon, FLF Student This entry is the third of a series of articles reflecting on the political role of food in the book series Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. The discussion is an idea of Dr Jose Luis Vivero Pol. Science fiction novels have a strong capability to critique the established paradigms[1]. They usually constitute a reflexion on how human society could evolve, and … Continue reading The Hunger Games: a not-so-remote “reality” (2/6)

What is the role of the state in the global economy? Does it make sense to talk about national economic sovereignty?

Roberto Sensi, FLF student This blog aims to briefly discuss how the neoliberal globalization has been eroding the Nation-State economic sovereignty in the last decades and open the doors toward a global governance system. In such a scenario, does it still make sense  to talk about Nation-State economic sovereignty? Whether the answer is positive or negative, it is important to ask what would be their … Continue reading What is the role of the state in the global economy? Does it make sense to talk about national economic sovereignty?

Chefs : Big Business or Beacons of New Food Systems?

Carol Choi, FLF student   “The Gods of Food” (2013).  It wasn’t the first time Rene Redzepi, chef of then world’s best restaurant Noma, appeared on a Time magazine cover.  The subtitle, “the people who influence what (and how) you eat” captures perfectly the changing roles of a chef, now that they’ve infiltrated the spotlight.   As fewer people cook at home, they’ve come to … Continue reading Chefs : Big Business or Beacons of New Food Systems?